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RED might be the colour synonymous with the fire service but for March we are going green - by going bike bananas.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has decided to encourage firefighters, staff and the communities they serve to ditch their dirty motors and take to their bicycles for a number of reasons.
A number of free Dr Bike repair clinics will be held at fire stations for commuters to get their bikes road-ready and Climate Week takes place.
For GMFRS employees, the salary sacrifice scheme to buy a discounted bike reopens and grants become available from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to install cycle facilities at work places.
Watch Manager Dave Wilson from Stockport Fire Station can be heard talking about the benefits of the Cyclescheme on youtube. Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhjcXUbCR0I&feature=player_embedded.
Councillor David Acton, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Authority Chairman, said: "The role of GMFRS is not just about
preventing and fighting fires and rescuing people - we have a
responsibility to improve the lives of our communities overall and
looking after the environment is one way of doing that.
"With TfGM, we are putting on sessions that will help those in our communities who want to get back on their bikes this spring and, potentially, allow us to install equipment and facilities that will encourage more of our staff to take to two wheels."
FREE Dr Bike Sessions
Public bike maintenance sessions are being carried out every weekend in March by trained mechanics and we're aiming to have them at almost every fire station. Locations confirmed so far below:
3 March - Moor Lane, Bolton BL3 5DB
10 March - Crompton Way, Bolton BL1 8UP
17 March - Albert Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9HF
3 March - The Rock, Bury BL9 5AH
10 March - Bury New Road, Whitefield M45 7SY
10 March - Middleton Road, Heywood OL10 2LU
3 March - Denhill Road, Manchester M15 5NR
10 March - Thompson Street, New Cross, Manchester M4 5FP
17 March - Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester M9 7EQ
17 March - Birch Street, West Gorton, Manchester M12 5NS
17 March - Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4AW
24 March -Brownley Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 5FG
24-March - Philips Park, Briscoe Lane, Manchester M40 2XG
3 March - Lees Road, Oldham OL4 1JN
10 March - Broadway, Chadderton OL9 0JX
24 March - Hollins Road, Hollins OL8 3BD
3 March - Maclure Road, Rochdale OL11 1DN
3 March - Liverpool Street, Salford M5 4LE
10 March - Bury New Road, Broughton, M7 4LE
17 March - Bolton Road, Pendlebury M27 8XS
24 March - Liverpool Road, Eccles M30 0RZ
3 March - Whitehill Street West, Stockport SK4 1NR
10 March - King Street West, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 0DT
17 March - Turves Road, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire SK8 6AY
24 March - Lisburn Lane, Stockport SK2 5NP
3 March - Slate Lane, Off Ashton Moss Way, Audenshaw M34 5FS
10 March - Ramsbottom Street, Stalybridge SK15 1RF
17 March - Railway Street, Hyde SK14 1DF
3 March - Park Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8RJ
10 March - Cranleigh Drive, Sale, Manchester M33 7NT
17 March - 43 Manchester Road, Broadheath, Altrincham WA14 4RQ
3 March - Robin Park Road, Newtown, Wigan WN5 0UU
10 March - Gloucester Street, Atherton M46 0JT
17 March - St Helens Road, Leigh WN7 3PA